Facing Fear

  • Facing fear
  • Jason Cohen
  • Spojené státy
  • 2013
  • 23 min.
  • titulky
  • 13—21 let
Audio-visual lessons

Lesson objectives

  1. To identify one’s own prejudices and stereotypes
  2. To develop empathy, tolerance, and respect for differences
  3. To discuss the importance of the need to forgive

When Matthew Boger was thirteen, his family threw him out because of his sexual orientation. For the next several years, he lived on the streets of Hollywood, where he was once attacked in a side alley and brutally beaten by a group of neo-Nazi skinheads. Matthew survived the attack and fortunately escaped from living on the streets. Twenty years later, he met former skinhead Tim Zaal by pure chance. Both men realised that they had met before. Tim was one of the attackers who had beaten Matthew and left him for dead. Their lives were turned inside out and they set out on the path of forgiveness and making peace. For both of them this meant fighting their own convictions and fear. Neither one of them ever suspected that their meeting would lead to cooperation – and to friendship.

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Recommended age group

13—21 years

Thematic area

Výuka jazyků


Angličtina / English

Teaching materials

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The Art Of Forgiveness

Activity / B2+ / 90 min

Students will: 

  • Practise making questions and answers in an authentic setting 
  • Discuss the meaning and the importance of forgiveness
  • Develop empathy and respect towards others

Questions and Answers

Informational texts

  • coming out
  • aggressiveness
  • parental responsibilities

UPDATED: How to reflect on emotions after the film screening

Informational texts

  • Why is it important to reflect on emotions?
  • Basic methods of reflection
  • From reflection to discussion

Jak pracovat s audiovizuálními materiály

  • instruktážní film
  • rady a doporučení
  • manuál
  • obecné aktivity

Accompanying and recommended materials

Museum of Tolerance

An internationally renowned human rights organization where the protagonists work.

More about forgiveness

Useful tips related to the art of forgiving.

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

Alliance aiming to create a world where everyone can live the life they love.

Lesson partners